Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

It’s the deconstructed version of the jalapeño poppers appetizer – but this pasta dish with a spicy kick is even more delicious! You’ll stir in three types of cheese to make a gooey sauce and add bacon ... need we say more?

Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese
Active Time
50 Minutes


Ingredients List


Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Cheddar, Colby-Monterey Jack or Cream Cheese can be used in this recipe.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in batches in a large skillet until crisp. Remove bacon to a paper towel to drain; reserving 2 tablespoons bacon drippings. When cool enough to handle, crumble bacon. Measure 2 tablespoons bacon; set aside.
  3. Sauté jalapeño peppers in butter and reserved bacon drippings in a Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp-tender. Reduce heat to medium-low. Whisk in flour until combined. Gradually whisk in milk and salt. Bring to a boil; cook and whisk for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat to low; gradually stir in cream cheese, colby-jack and cheddar until melted. Add pasta, bacon and cayenne pepper to taste; heat through, stirring constantly. 
  4. Remove from the heat. Sprinkle pasta mixture with reserved bacon.

Recipe Tip

Any brand of Wisconsin cream cheese, colby-jack or mild cheddar cheese can be used.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Colby-jack, or co-jack, is a cheese that’s created when colby and monterey jack curds are combined. The cheese is semi-hard and has a mild flavor. With its two-toned color, colby-jack makes a lovely addition to a fruit and cheese platter.

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